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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

entrigant Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (527 comments)

Using Blu-ray as the "gold" standard, you will often see h264 streams in the 15-30Mbps range with peaks at just over 40Mbps (audio and video combined).

I've seen Netflix streams in full 1080p hit 7-9Mbps.

VUDU's HDX format will hit 10Mbps fairly regularly. They're the highest quality service I've used to date.

These services don't match physical media quality yet in an effort to work with as many users as possible. When I can stream multiple Blu-ray quality movies at once (not uncommon for a family to stream 2 or more videos to different rooms) I'll consider broadband infrastructure as "sufficient". Until then, there's plenty of room for improvement.

Where I live I could purchase service with 90 down and 9 up. Assuming I could fully utilize that (and I highly doubt I actually could which is why I've not upgraded), that could just barely do 3 Blu-ray quality streams. Not bad! However, I live in the middle of a large city, so I don't consider my options typical. I've also experienced plenty of nights where the 20Mbps service I do have is fighting upstream congestion and can't even pull 3Mbps from any video service. Not sure adding 70 more Mbps to my apartment is going to alleviate that.

So, 5Mbps will get you an average quality 720p stream. We can do better.

about two weeks ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

entrigant Re:Astroturfing for Hillary Clinton (1134 comments)

No, but just about "every last women who picks up a controller" will be threatened with violence or rape by a gamer.

That ^^ ... is a fucking problem. I sure as shit don't have to deal with crap like that when I'm online.

Even if not a single person ever followed through on their threats, it creates an incredibly hostile atmosphere that few would want to endure therefore creating a cultural divide and effectively excluding women from the activity.

And, somehow, even if that was deemed acceptable, even if we all said "ok fine gaming is to be a sausage fest for all time", do you really think the attitudes given voice by these in game messages somehow vanish once the sender puts down the controller and joins the rest of us in the real world?

about two weeks ago

California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

entrigant Re:They deserve it (286 comments)

"class" and "action" are the 12th and 13th words in the damned summary.. Have /. readers stopped even bothering with the summaries anymore?

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

entrigant Re:Fire(wall) and forget (348 comments)

Your analogy can be extended even further. Armor plating a vehicle has an enormous cost in fueld efficiency and handling. This could be directly compared to the labor and complexity costs of managing host firewalls on large numbers of servers when they're indiscriminately applied.

about 1 month ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

entrigant Re:Another bloviation from Bennett (544 comments)

Indeed. I might be tolerable if it was at all insightful. I'm at as much a loss as you as to how this guy keeps getting his word jizz posted. I made it a few sentences in and already it's his typical "I spent 60 seconds pretending to do work then vomited paragraphs of nonsense about it!" This isn't even idle quality stream of consciousness stoner rhetoric.. I think even describing it as bloviating is too forgiving.

about 2 months ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

entrigant Re:Now I'm confused ... (380 comments)

The parent indicates ammonia is produced from hydrocarbons like natural gas. Why not just run the vehicles on that? Is there a production method that does not involve using the same resource that fuel cell and electric cars are trying to supplant?

about 3 months ago

Congress Unhappy With FCC's Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality

entrigant Re:Fast Lane Fallacy (208 comments)

This. The ISP's seem to have successfully steered the conversation so that the focus is on how to best manage over saturated connections. Any bandwidth crunch is artificial. We need a way to steer the conversation back.

about 4 months ago

FBI Need Potheads To Fight Cybercrime

entrigant Re:Interview on Weed?! (319 comments)

"have to"? I believe the exact wording was "want to". It's hyperbole meant to demonstrate the level of "tolerance" some of the candidates demand, not to demonstrate their crippling inability to get out of bed.

I do quite well in the private sector, but government is full of "zero tolerance" requirements from recreational drug use to the exact level of college education completed. Combine that with the pitiful wages and I'm amazed they end up with any technology related work force at all. If they'd compete I'd at least consider them. Now I don't even bother looking at them.

about 4 months ago

Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

entrigant Re:Less choice? (286 comments)

So then you agree they need to be regulated as a public utility and monopoly since, as you stated, competition is not tenable thereby preventing the proper application of free market forces.

about 4 months ago

Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

entrigant Re:My mp3s died before my cds did! (329 comments)

You do understand that the reed solomon codes used for RAID 6 _are_ a form of CRC, right? Even better, they allow reconstruction when bad bits are found! RAID 6 would be a poor technology otherwise. I'm not trying to stomp on /.'s love affair with ZFS, but patrol reads on modern RAID cards are _exactly_ what ZFS does.

Even better, this works with all filesystems! Layering FTW.

about 4 months ago

Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

entrigant Re:My mp3s died before my cds did! (329 comments)

And yet people laugh at me for having a hardware RAID card with read patroling and ECC RAM...

about 4 months ago

Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

entrigant Re:Space is cheap, rip to FLAC (329 comments)

That's not the point. MP3 represents a generational loss. If a new favored format appears on the scene you'd suffer a second generational loss performing the transcoding. For archival masters why would you not use lossless compression?

about 4 months ago

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

entrigant Re:Not a way to learn (166 comments)

This may point to a measurement problem, but you're not forced into it. A desire to learn is all that is needed to master the subject even if the tests are not a reliable indicator of mastery, or are you attempting to say that the instructor is uninterested in teaching even to those who wish to learn?

about 4 months ago

Dropbox and Box Leaked Shared Private Files Through Google

entrigant A Non Issue - FUD From a Competitor (92 comments)

The "cloud" hate is strong here so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that nobody has mentioned this yet, but this is quite simply a non issue. Box and Dropbox allow you to share files publicly, but it is not the default. While each have had genuine security issues in the past, this is not one. This is simple, common user ignorance. Both services have proper and secure sharing methods to share documents with other users of the service that require authentication on both ends.

What happens is:

- User clicks "Share dropbox link" from the context menu OR user places file into a pre-configured public folder
- User gives link to recipient
- Recipient enters it into a browser with one of those horrible combo search/url bars
- Link is indexed by the search engine

The important thing to remember is that that link does not exist before the user selects that action. These links also expire, and there is also an "Unshare" explicit action.

about 4 months ago

Earthquake Warning Issued For Central Oklahoma

entrigant Re:More Fracking' Earthquakes (127 comments)

Nuclear, obviously. The energy crisis was solved 50 years ago. Our will to implement the solution just vanished under a haze of ignorance and propaganda.

about 4 months ago

SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

entrigant Re: Oh goody (264 comments)

Hit the enter key from time to time, son. Nobody will be able to get through that.

about 4 months ago

Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

entrigant Re:Personal Drones (155 comments)

Most of the world knows that the more guns there are in the hands of citizens, the more shootings and gun crimes there are.

Most of the world _might_ think this, but know it? I've seen evidence for that assertion and it's inverse. I don't know which is sound, nor do I care. Clearly mere legal ownership rates is not the most important factor in gun violence considering you can find evidence to support any position you wish to take on that one.

And I'm pretty sure those people were "properly trained" in the use of the automobile.

By whom? In every state I've lived in drivers license requirements are so lax they might as well just stop pretending and rubber stamp every application. I'm "pretty sure" hardly anyone has been "properly trained" in the use of an automobile in the USA.

about 5 months ago

SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

entrigant Re:RAID? (256 comments)

You'd only need 5ish drives to match raw throughput, but to match IOPS, the more important factor in enterprise uses, you'd need 250 of the fastest 15k drives you can find just to match a single average SSD, and that's if you run them with RAID 0. If you wany any sort of redundancy that number is going to get a lot bigger.

Nearly every SAN out there offering flash capability is limited by the CPU, software, and bus speeds. SAN vendors also love to severely mark up flash drives.

about 5 months ago

Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: How We're Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers

entrigant Re:Am I getting old? (90 comments)

I feel much like you, and I attribute it to there being nothing particularly interesting or new about the Pi. It's just a small, cheap computer. I've installed and configured linux on a hundred systems big and small, and I learned everything this thing can teach me a long time ago.

DIY is fun and can be a great learning experience, but it ends there. After that it turns into a time sink just to keep the damn thing going for no gain other than to learn what having a second job is like. If you just want something to use let somebody else deal with the hassle of making sure it works and keeps working. Let someone else design the UI, negotiate relationships with 3rd parties for commercial application support, keep an eye on security issues, fix that random idiotic HDCP issue with that new TV, deal with that bug in ffmpeg, etc.

about 5 months ago



QNX Publishes Neutrino Source Code

entrigant entrigant writes  |  about 7 years ago

entrigant (233266) writes "QNX has announced that they are opening the code and development process for Neutrino. From the press release:

"In a move that revolutionizes software development practices by combining the best of the open source and commercial software domains, QNX Software Systems today announced that it is opening access to the source code of its QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system (RTOS) under a new hybrid software licensing arrangement.""


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